Sep 4, 2013

IWSG - Hunker Down

Today is the two year celebration of IWSG hosted by the incomparable Alex J. Cavanaugh. It is the chance for writers to get together and post the crazy that might be creeping up in their head in order to give the sanity levels a chance to compete. Okay, it's really to support each other through this journey, but it feels like the first part more.

Over the summer I found The West Wing on Netflix. I'm not really a TV watcher but I LOVED this show and found myself drifting toward it more and more and my laptop less and less. And my writing shows it. I tried to justify it as research for how to create a multiple character cast that readers can care about, but really, I just loved the show. And that's okay, but I remembered why I don't really watch TV. I have an obsessive personality in many ways, and having a show that isn't finished became more of the obsession than the self-created deadlines of my writing. 

My life is full. VERY full. Like people raise their eyebrows when they hear what I'm doing and tell me I'm crazy full. And while there are several reasons for the fullness, I often let the justification of "look how much I did today" rule out writing time. And that is why my CP's got four pages from me for our meeting this week instead of fifteen. And this is why I'm starting to resent people around me because they are interfering with my writing time. But I have the time and just have to get back in the habit of using it.

So, September is no more excuses, quit being a pansy, hunker down and write month. I have a fun story idea I'm working with now, need to revise my synopsis and get more queries out, take blogging seriously like I want to and quit watching TV shows that ended years ago (I finished all The West Wing episodes this weekend). Because if I want something as bad as I want this writing thing to really work out, I need to put in the time to do it. 

Please don't tell me your favorite show :) Instead, what are you doing to refocus as the school year is starting, as we transition into the quieter seasons? 


16 comments :

Cathy said...

It should be easier to keep a schedule now that free-wheeling, unscheduled summer activities are over. Life routines should help writing routines.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's easy to shove writing to the very end, which means it doesn't get done. Just have to move it higher up on the list.
You can do it!

Chemist Ken said...

I loved West Wing! One of my favorite shows of all time. It's a good thing I don't have Netflix. I'd never get any writing done.

ilima said...

Haha. Good luck NOT watching TV and getting some writing in. I'm hunkering down as well, trying to draft this stupid book one painful page at a time. It'll get there.

nissa_loves_cats said...

The school year doesn't make any difference to me as I have no kids. My busy time is spring when the sheep have their babies.

It's hard to get in a good rhythm for writing even though I don't have a lot of must-do-now things in my life. But each month I create writing goals and a plan. I hope one of these days, that helps.

Jai said...

It can be hard to step away from the TV especially when you find a show you love. Life should be about balance for every hour of TV give your writing three or four perhaps?

I tend to binge TV on Sundays.

Best of luck hunkering down.

Morgan said...

I'm with you, Tasha! I'm SO with you!

September is my hunker down month too... of course right now I'm blogging instead of writing, LOL... but I want to really delve deeper into my WIP and get back in writer's mode. I was waaaay to lax this summer. :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

You might have just needed the break. But hopefully you're all rejuvenated now. :D

Shallee said...

Good luck hunkering down! I recentely changed my schedule so I can get more writing in, and wake up in the mornings to write now. Sometimes. When I get to bed early enough...

Candilynn Fite said...

Here's to hunkering down. :D

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's tough to always find the time we need. I limit the time I watch TV but I also can write with it playing in the background.

JeffO said...

The problem with playing catch-up with TV shows is not that you're watching TV, it's that you end up watching half a season in a night!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm obsessive too and I volunteer to do way too much and sometimes get resentful. I've been skipping my writing time and it makes me feel disconnected and out of sorts with myself.

Laura said...

Good luck with your writing filled September! Just think how good you'll feel when you've got your daily writing quota done :)

Julie Luek said...

I go through jags like that with the internet and have no one to blame by myself. It's like a numbing drug and I don't like that feeling either. Digging into my writing is hard, and I get annoyed with me when I avoid the hard stuff.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I was riding the El the other day and I saw several people reading. It made me fantasize about what it would be like to go on my daily commute and see even just one person reading my book. That definitely motivates me to focus on my writing again and spend less time on the things that keep me from writing.